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    • Dodgers release veteran hurler Brian Wilson
      Dodgers released RHP Brian Wilson.

      Advice: The 32-year-old bearded one was terrific in limited duty for the Dodgers in 2013 but registered a troublesome 4.66 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings in 2014. He should should attract interest from team's in need of bullpen help, though his days of closing out games are likely over. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:25 pm
       
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    • Red Sox re-sign Breslow to one-year deal
      Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Red Sox have re-signed Craig Breslow to a one-year, $2 million deal.

      Advice: Breslow had been debating between re-signing with the Red Sox or joining the Cubs to reunite with his old general manager. While he had a disappointing 2014 season, he's still one of the more dependable left-handed relievers in the league. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:21 pm
       
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    • Craig Breslow deciding between Red Sox, Cubs
      WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reports that Craig Breslow will make a decision to sign with either the Red Sox or Cubs.

      Advice: It's either re-upping with the team he's been with for the last 2 1/2 seasons or reuniting with his old general manager. Breslow struggled to the tune of a 5.96 ERA in 2014 but he was excellent in 2013, finishing with a 1.81 ERA. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:00 pm
       
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    • Haren yet to decide about playing for Marlins
      Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Friday that Dan Haren has yet to decide whether he'll play for the Marlins in 2015.

      Advice: "He'll make his decision," Hill said. "We haven't put any timelines on it." Haren said last month that he has "no interest" in playing somewhere other than in Southern California near his family, but it sounds like he's at least considering the possibility of playing in Miami. The Marlins would like to have him, but they're covered money-wise with the Dodgers agreeing to pay Haren's $10 million salary as part of last week's trade. If Haren decides he doesn't want to play in Miami, the Marlins would look to deal him to a team in California or nearby. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:50 pm
    • Braves get Max Fried in Upton deal
      Braves acquired LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot from the Padres in exchange for OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft.

      Advice: Fried was ranked before the season by Baseball America as the No. 53 prospect in the game, but he had elbow troubles and eventually had Tommy John surgery in August. He has top-of-the-rotation upside if he can re-gain his pre-op stuff, but obviously there's some risk here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
       
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    • Padres get Aaron Northcraft from Braves
      Padres acquired RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in the Justin Upton trade.

      Advice: Northcraft put up a 4.70 ERA with 113 strikeouts over 130 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A last season. The 24-year-old could eventually be a back-end starter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    • Bryan Price outrighted to Triple-A
      Indians sent RHP Bryan Price outright to Triple-A Columbus.

      Advice: Price cleared waivers after being designated for assignment earlier this month. He will be invited to spring training as a non-roster player. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:30 pm
       
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    • Preston Claiborne designated for assignment
      Yankees designated RHP Preston Claiborne for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Gonzalez Germen. Claiborne, who turns 27 next month, holds a career 3.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts over 71 1/3 relief frames. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:27 pm
       
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    • Donn Roach designated for assignment
      Cubs designated RHP Donn Roach for assignment.

      Advice: Roach was claimed off waivers by the Cubs last month. The 24-year-old right-hander had a 4.75 ERA and 17/15 K/BB ratio over 30 1/3 innings in the majors last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:09 pm
       
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    • Yankees pick up Gonzalez Germen from Mets
      Yankees acquired RHP Gonzalez Germen from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations.

      Advice: German got off to a nice start last season but eventually wound up with a 4.75 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 30 1/3 innings. He did strike out 31 and isn't a bad investment as a middle relief option. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:51 am
    • Yankees acquire Nathan Eovaldi from Marlins
      Yankees acquired RHP Nathan Eovaldi, 1B/OF Garrett Jones and RHP Domingo German from the Marlins in exchange for INF/OF Martin Prado, RHP David Phelps and cash considerations.

      Advice: Eovaldi has underperformed relative to his stuff to this point, posting a 4.07 ERA with just 321 strikeouts over 460 big league innings. However, he'll turn just 25 in February and is among the hardest-throwing starters in the game. The move from Marlins Park to Yankee Stadium hurts his fantasy value, but the stuff is there for a potential breakout if some tweaks can be made. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:40 am
    • Marlins get David Phelps from Yankees
      Marlins acquired RHP David Phelps from the Yankees in the Nathan Eovaldi trade.

      Advice: Phelps posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings for the Yankees in 2014 while battling some elbow issues. He holds a career 4.21 ERA but has struck out 267 over 299 1/3 frames. The righty figures to have a good shot to take Eovaldi's spot in the Marlins' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:37 am
    • Preston Guilmet designated for assignment
      Pirates designated RHP Preston Guilmet for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Corey Hart. Guilmet was acquired from the Orioles in October for cash. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
       
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    • Melvin Mercedes outrighted to Triple-A
      Tigers sent RHP Melvin Mercedes outright to Triple-A Toledo.

      Advice: Mercedes cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week and will now remain in the organization. He held a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 Triple-A innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:37 am
       
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    • Yankees, Marlins to swap Prado, Eovaldi
      Jack Curry of YES Network reports that the Yankees and Marlins are on the verge of a deal that would send Nathan Eovaldi to New York and Martin Prado to Miami.

      Advice: The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson says that the trade would also include Garrett Jones going to New York and David Phelps going to Miami, and the New York Post's Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees will receive pitching prospect Domingo German. Eovaldi has produced inconsistent results to this point with a 4.07 ERA, but he throws really hard and will turn just 25 in February. The Marlins are expected to put Prado at third base, which means Casey McGehee is headed to the bench. Phelps should slide into Eovaldi's rotation spot in Miami, while Jones looks like a backup option at first base and designated hitter in New York. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:14 am
    • Brandon Gomes designated for assignment
      Rays designated RHP Brandon Gomes for assignment.

      Advice: The Rays needed some space on the 40-man roster following the three-team deal with the Padres and Nationals. Gomes, 30, holds a 4.17 ERA with 100 strikeouts over 108 career relief innings. He could draw some interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:58 am
       
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    • Burch Smith headed to Tampa Bay
      Rays acquired RHP Burch Smith from the Padres in the Wil Myers trade.

      Advice: Smith had a lost year in 2014 due to forearm issues, but he boasts a career 3.71 ERA with 246 strikeouts over 228 1/3 innings in the minors. If healthy, he could find his way into the Rays' rotation in short order. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:43 am
    • Rangers showing interest in Brandon Beachy
      Brandon Beachy's agent, Robert Martin, told Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers are among the teams showing interest in his client.

      Advice: "Several teams are still reviewing his medicals," Martin said via e-mail. "I do not think a decision is imminent, but he does have multiple offers." Beachy, who is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery, was non-tendered by the Braves earlier this month. He probably won't contribute much in the first half next season, but Beachy holds a career 3.23 ERA over 46 starts and is worth a gamble on an incentive-laden deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:09 am
       
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    • Cubs' signing of Jason Motte now official
      Cubs signed RHP Jason Motte to a one-year, $4.5 million contract.

      Advice: The deal also contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. The Cubs plan to use Motte in a setup role, but he'll provide some insurance in case Hector Rondon struggles. Motte put up a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances for the Cardinals in 2014, but the hope is that he'll be able to regain his past form as he further distances himself from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:41 am
    • Orioles announce deal with Wesley Wright
      Orioles signed LHP Wesley Wright to a one-year, $1.7 million contract.

      Advice: Wright was non-tendered by the Cubs but quickly landed on his feet in Baltimore. The left-hander holds a 3.25 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning since the beginning of the 2011 season and should be a solid middle relief option for the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:06 am
    • Yankees president rules out Scherzer pursuit
      Yankees president Randy Levine indicated Thursday that the chances the team will go after Max Scherzer are "virtually none."

      Advice: "The chances of us bringing in a guy for six [years] and $25 million or over in my opinion is virtually none,'' Levine said. "At the end of the day you have to be realistic in any organization.'' CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has been beating the Scherzer-to-the-Yankees drum for a while, or at least saying it's a possibility, but every other outlet has consistently said it's not going to happen. The Yankees need rotation help but already have two massive pitching contracts on the books with CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:22 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Andrew Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:03 am
       
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    • Jake Peavy re-ups with Giants for two years
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Jake Peavy has re-signed with the Giants on a two-year, $24 million contract.

      Advice: Peavy gets a $4 million signing bonus and will then earn $7 million in 2015 and $13 million in 2016. The Giants also gave the veteran right-hander a full no-trade clause. Peavy thrived for the Giants down the stretch after coming over in a trade from the Red Sox, posting a 2.17 ERA across 12 starts. He'll turn 34 in May but should still have a couple decent years left as long as he can remain healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:36 am
       
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    • R.J. Alvarez goes to A's with Hahn
      Athletics acquired RHP R.J. Alvarez from the Padres in the Derek Norris trade.

      Advice: Alvarez has now been traded twice in five months, as he went from the Angels to the Padres in the Huston Street deal. The 23-year-old allowed just one run in eight innings with the Padres and posted a 1.25 ERA and 61/13 K/BB ratio over 43 1/3 Double-A frames last season. Sean Doolittle is locked in as the A's closer, but Alvarez has the upside to eventually pitch in the ninth inning. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:00 pm
    • Joe Wieland acquired by Dodgers
      Dodgers acquired RHP Joe Wieland from the Padres in the Matt Kemp trade.

      Advice: Wieland has logged just 85 1/3 innings since the beginning of 2012 due to elbow issues, but he'll enter spring training healthy. The Dodgers are set in their rotation for now, but Wieland will be among the top candidates to fill in once the inevitable Brett Anderson injury comes. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:39 pm
    • Padres close to 1-yr deal with Josh Johnson
      Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that Josh Johnson is on the verge of a one-year deal with the Padres.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says Johnson's base salary will be less than $2 million but he'll have the chance to make as much as $8 million through incentives. The Padres declined a $4 million option on Johnson back in October, but they have remained interested in bringing him back at a lesser rate. And it appears that they'll be able to get it done. The deal is expected to include incentives based on games started. The Padres just signed another injury-prone pitcher, Brandon Morrow, earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:57 pm
       
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      L, 9-3 @SF
    • Medlen expected to pitch in second half
      Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that they are looking at Kris Medlen (elbow) as someone who will be able to contribute in the second half in 2015.

      Advice: Medlen, who is coming off a second Tommy John surgery this past March, was signed to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017. The Royals are going to be extra careful about pushing him too soon. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:45 pm
    • Royals sign Kris Medlen to 2-yr, $8.5M pact
      Royals signed RHP Kris Medlen to a two-year, $8.5 million contract with a $10 million mutual option for 2017.

      Advice: Atlanta non-tendered Medlen earlier this month to avoid paying him nearly $6 million in 2015 via salary arbitration. He's recovering from a second Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and probably won't be ready by Opening Day for the Royals, but the 29-year-old boasts a 2.95 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 512 2/3 career major league innings. It's a worthwhile risk for Kansas City at only $8.5 million guaranteed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:18 pm
    • Marlins, Braves, Giants interested in Peavy
      According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Marlins, Braves and Giants have all shown interest in free agent Jake Peavy.

      Advice: The Marlins' interest is contingent on Dan Haren following through with his inclination to retire after being dealt away from the west coast. Both the Braves and Giants are looking for pitching, with the Giants having missed out on a number of big-ticket free agents thus far this winter. Peavy had a 4.11 ERA this past season and shouldn't cost a team too much in terms of dollars or years. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 4:18 pm
       
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    • Albers reportedly still weighing options
      Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca writes that LHP Andrew Albers has not yet made a decision on where he plans on signing.

      Advice: This counteracts a report from late Tuesday night by Robert Murray, which indicated that Albers had signed a contract with the Blue Jays. Nicholson-Smith wrote that talks of a signed contract were "premature." Albers spent 2014 with the Hanwha Eagles of Korea, but the club declined his 2015 option. The 29-year-old posted a 4.05 ERA in 2013 for the Twins. He may well end up signing with the Blue Jays, but it's not set in stone quite yet. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:49 am
       
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    • Blue Jays ink Albers to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Andrew Albers to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal presumably includes an invitation to spring training. Albers, 29, posted a 4.05 ERA over 10 starts for the Twins in 2013 before spending last season in Korea. He's merely organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:51 pm
       
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    • O's to sign Wesley Wright to one-year deal
      Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have agreed to a one-year contract with Wesley Wright.

      Advice: There's no word yet on the financials of the deal. The O's had been on the lookout for left-handed relief help and Wright should do the job, as he holds a 3.25 ERA while striking out nearly a batter per inning since the beginning of the 2011 season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:08 pm
    • Dodgers designate Brian Wilson for assignment
      Dodgers designated RHP Brian Wilson for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Brandon McCarthy on the 40-man roster. Wilson exercised his $9.5 million player option for 2015 back in November, but the new Dodgers front office is prepared to eat his salary in order to turn the page. The 32-year-old had a mediocre 4.66 ERA and 54/29 K/BB ratio over 48 1/3 innings this past season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:55 am
       
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    • Yankees not expected to be in on Scherzer
      Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York hears that the Yankees are "absolutely not" in on free agent right-hander Max Scherzer.

      Advice: Some have suspected that the Yankees are lying on the weeds in the situation, but they appear to be setting their sights a bit lower in free agency. The market for Scherzer has been suspiciously quiet so far this winter, but he's intent on landing a contract around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:20 am
       
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    • Cubs to sign Jason Motte to one-year deal
      Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Jason Motte.

      Advice: The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $4.5 million and contains $2.5 million worth of incentives for games finished. Motte had a rough 2014 season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery, posting a 4.68 ERA and 1.52 WHIP in 29 appearances. Still, he's a worthy gamble on a one-year deal in hopes that his pre-surgery velocity returns. Motte held a 2.87 ERA while striking out over a batter per inning in his first five years with the Cardinals. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:20 pm
    • Mets designate RHP Germen for assignment
      Mets designated RHP Gonzalez Germen for assignment.

      Advice: Germen had an underwhelming 4.75 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 31/14 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings this past season for New York. He was moved off the 40-man roster Monday to clear a spot for first baseman John Mayberry Jr. The 27-year-old righty could draw interest on waivers. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:53 am
    • Marlins may consider trading SP Dan Haren
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may consider trading Dan Haren if he would truly rather retire than pitch for them next season.

      Advice: Haren said in mid-November that he wouldn't pitch for a team outside of Los Angeles because he wants to remain close to his family, but the Dodgers moved him to the Marlins anyway in a blockbuster Winter Meetings trade. Haren, 34, hasn't announced whether he plans to stick by that statement. He should be of interest to a number of teams on the West Coast if the Marlins begin to shop him. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:58 am
    • Cardinals maintain they're not in on Scherzer
      Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Cardinals are not active suitors for Max Scherzer.

      Advice: It's not the first time the team has openly denied interest in the pitcher, but they continue to be linked to him. That's likely due in large part to the fact that Scherzer went to Parkway Central High School in the St. Louis area, making the Cardinals a potential homecoming for the 30-year-old. Despite the Cardinals' disinterest, Scherzer has no shortage of suitors around the league. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:32 pm
       
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    • Cubs have had dialogue with Craig Breslow
      According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, free agent Craig Breslow has had dialogue with the Cubs.

      Advice: The Mets are also interested in the left-handed reliever, and the Red Sox want to re-sign him. Breslow struggled to the tune of a 5.96 ERA in 2014 but he was excellent in 2013, finishing with a 1.81 ERA. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:20 pm
       
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    • Tigers GM says not actively pursuing Scherzer
      Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Thursday that he is not in "active pursuit" of Max Scherzer.

      Advice: The Tigers traded Rick Porcello to the Red Sox on Thursday morning, leaving some to speculate that Detroit's front office was clearing space for a run at re-signing Max Scherzer. But then Dombrowski and Co. quickly snatched Alfredo Simon away from the Reds. Maybe they truly are all set. Scherzer isn't expected to sign until later in the offseason and will likely command around $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:16 am
       
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    • Tigers designate Mercedes for assignment
      Tigers designated RHP Melvin Mercedes for assignment.

      Advice: Mercedes had a 4.92 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 60 1/3 innings this past season out of the Tigers' bullpen. The 24-year-old righty will likely pass through waivers unclaimed. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:13 am
       
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    • Dan Haren gets shipped to Marlins
      Dan Haren was sent from the Dodgers to the Marlins in Wednesday's seven-player deal.

      Advice: Haren, who picked up his $10 million player option to remain with the Dodgers earlier this winter, could retire rather than report to the Marlins, though he indicated that he'll take a little time to make his decision. Reports indicate that the Dodgers will send the Marlins the $10 million whether Haren pitches or not. Ideally, he'd go to Miami, which is pretty much the perfect ballpark for him. It's as tough of a homer park for left-handed hitters as any in baseball. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:57 pm
    • Dodgers have checked in on Peavy, others
      Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears the Dodgers are checking in on a number of free agent pitchers, including Jake Peavy.

      Advice: Peavy hasn't generated a lot of buzz this winter after winning a World Series ring with the Giants in October. The 33-year-old had a 4.11 ERA between the Giants and Red Sox this past season, eclipsing 200 innings for just the second time since 2007. With some of the big names starting to come off the board, Peavy and others should find a new home soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:51 pm
       
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    • Haren being included in Gordon/Heaney talks
      Dan Haren is included in a potential deal that would send Dee Gordon to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney and others, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

      Advice: Last month, Haren said he would retire if the Dodgers traded him outside of Los Angeles. The club is putting him to a test by sending him about as far away from LA as possible, in a baseball sense. Haren already exercised his $10 million player option for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:38 pm
    • Report: Two owners met with Scherzer's agent
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that two unidentified team owners flew to the Winter Meetings in San Diego to meet with Max Schezer's agent Scott Boras on Tuesday.

      Advice: Now that Jon Lester has decided to sign with the Cubs, the market for Scherzer should begin to heat up. The losers for Lester (Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants) could all be possibilities while Heyman mentions the Yankees and Cardinals among the other potential suitors. ESPN's Buster Olney reported Tuesday that the Tigers were prepared to spend big money to bring back Scherzer, but that was later shot down by GM Dave Dombrowski. Scherzer is reportedly looking for a contract north of $200 million. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 am
       
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